Potential development and available parking issues on minds of Groveport officials

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Development issues keep percolating in Groveport.

According to Groveport Development Director Jeff Green, a project planned for 325 Main St. is “being reworked and should go to Planning and Zoning on April 4.”

Groveport City Council is considering legislation to amend the zoning for the 1.19 acre property at 325 Main St. from urban residential to select commercial planned.

In the original paperwork filed with the city, the property’s owners, Aaron and Katherine Carroll, proposed constructing two, two story mixed use commercial buildings in two phases with business space on the first floor and residential space on the second floor. Phase 1 would be one 5,200 square foot building and be expected to be completed in 24 months. Phase 2 would be a 5,800 square foot building and also include demolishing the existing more than century old, approximately 1,100 square foot, single family residence on the site. There is no projected completion schedule yet for Phase 2.

However, on Feb. 21, Green reported to council the project will now “only include the dental practice and an optometry practice.”

Other development news
•City officials are discussing downtown parking issues.

“This is a critical issue that we need to be working on,” said Green, who noted the property owner of the former hot rod building on the southwest corner of Main Street and Wirt Road is proposing to build a two to three story building on that site, but cannot do it with the “current parking deficit.”

He said the parking shortage in that area is also affecting other downtown businesses.

“We have received a proposal for planning services related to this and will hopefully have some proposed solutions to bring to council soon,” said Green in a report to council.

Currently there is a parking lot bordered by Crooked Alley, Cherry Street, and Wirt Road as well as another parking lot on the north side of Main Street by Ace Hardware that extends north to approximately Elm Street.

•City officials are considering how and when to potentially develop a large amount of acreage, known as “Area C,” at the city’s southern border. Area C, an area located along Pontius Road south of Hayes Road and extending south to the county line at London-Lancaster Road, consists of “thousands of acres,” of which 500 acres could be developed.

Factors to be considered are potential revenue that could be generated, expenses to open the sites for development, and what could be developed there. Last spring Green noted it could cost $20 million just to extend a sewer line to the area.

In a report to council, Green wrote, “Columbus is willing to grant blanket approval to annex property in Area C, but we must show them a plan for how the area will be served with utilities.”

City officials are considering whether to continue to pursue warehouse development in Area C or if they want to think about other kinds of development.

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  1. All this building,in no way, benefits the residents of Groveport. Tell me how, as a resident of “America’s Hometown” this benefits me in any way. How does increased traffic, and two story eye sores make my life as a resident a better place to raise my family. I am so disappointed in the officials making these decisions.

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